00-0549R

RESOLUTION AMENDING RESOLUTION 99-0834, GRANTING A SPECIAL USE PERMIT TO ST. LOUIS RIVERVIEW HOMES, INC., FOR PROPERTY LOCATED AT 1610 EAST FIRST STREET.

BY PRESIDENT GILBERT:

WHEREAS, on December 6, 1999, the city council did approve Resolution 99-0834 granting to St. Louis Riverview Homes, Inc., a special use permit, in conformance with the requirements of Section 245A.11 of the Minnesota Statues, to establish and operate a state licensed program for women with mental illness on property described as Lot 3, Block 59, Endion Division and located at 1610 East First Street; and

WHEREAS, Makalu, Inc., formerly St. Louis Riverview Homes, Inc., has submitted to the city council a request to amend Resolution 99-0834 to change from ten to 12 the number of resident clients to be housed at the facility and said amendment application was duly referred to the city planning commission for a study, report and public hearing and the city planning commission has subsequently reported its approval to the city council; and

WHEREAS, the approval was made because of the city planning commission's findings that appropriate safeguards will exist to protect the comprehensive plan and to conserve and to protect property values in the neighborhood if conditions are observed.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that Resolution 99-0034 granting a special use permit is hereby amended and grants to Makalu, Inc., nee St. Louis Riverview Homes, Inc., to allow for the operation of a state licensed program for women with mental illness, serving not more than 12 residents, on the above described property located at 1610 East First Street.


STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: This resolution amends special use permit Resolution 99-0834 to St. Louis Riverview Homes, Inc., now Makalu, Inc. - Fresh Start Program, to allow an increase from ten to 12 the number of resident clients that the facility can serve. This is an 11 bedroom house presently occupied by the Women's Coalition who will be moving to their new facility on East Eighth Street.

On November 9, 1999, the planning commission and on December 6, 1999, the city council unanimously adopted Resolution 99-0834, granting a special use permit to St. Louis Riverview Homes, Inc., for property located at 1610 East First Street to allow for the operation of a state licensed program for women with mental illness, serving not more than ten residents.

The name of the corporation is now changed from St. Louis Riverview Homes, Inc., to Makalu, Inc., the operation of the facility remains the same.

State law regarding this type of facility states:  "Chapter Title: HUMAN SERVICES LICENSING 245A.11 Special conditions for residential programs. Subdivision 1. Policy statement. It is the policy of the state that persons shall not be excluded by municipal zoning ordinances or other land use regulations from the benefits of normal residential surroundings."

The planning commission unanimously approved this resolution amendment at its August 8, 2000, meeting. There were no objections raised during the public hearing portion of the meeting. The November 1999 meeting had no objections raised either.

At the August 8, 2000, meeting the commission made the following findings regarding this request:

1. Will the proposed special use result in a random pattern of development with little contiguity to existing or programmed development?

No. This is a minor change in the number of occupants, not a change in use.

2 Will the requested use cause anticipated negative fiscal or environmental impacts upon the community?

No. This is a change in the number of occupants, not a change in use or intensity.

3. Will conditions and safeguards protect the comprehensive plan and conserve and protect property and property values in the neighborhood?

Yes, this is a state licensed facility.

4. What appropriate conditions and safeguards, including performance bonds and a specified period of time for the permit, are necessary?

As a state licensed facility, appropriate standards do exist. Bonds or time limits are not considered appropriate.